Views Digest

January, 2017

  • 16 January

    Trauma and Afghan Journalists

    Simple bravery is not enough for journalists to cope with trauma-like situation. Training is a must and the international community must come forward to help the Afghan journalists recover from the stress they face in the line of duty.

  • 8 January

    45% Drop in Violence in Pakistan in 2016

    Since 2014, there has been a 66% overall reduction in violence-related fatalities in Pakistan, says Islamabad-based think tank Center for Research & Security Studies in its annual report.

  • 1 January

    Geo-politics and Afghanistan

    Is South Asia witnessing the beginning of a new geo-political game between two obvious blocs (Indo-Afghan-USA and Moscow-Beijing-Pakistan-Iran) divided by conflicting views on sources of terrorism and shared interests in regional peace and development?

December, 2016

  • 4 December

    How Will Pakistan Fare in 2017?

    Poverty in Pakistan is, in fact, rising, despite all claims by the government and multilateral institutes about economic progress and growth.

November, 2016

  • 27 November

    View From Delhi: Gwadar Port and India’s Regional Policy

    Regional alignments are shifting with China, Pakistan, Russia and Iran coming together. The muscular diplomacy of the Narendra Modi government erred in its overestimation of India’s South China Sea leverage. India lacked traditional influence in that region and it is not even a claimant to the territorial disputes there. Today, therefore, its Look East policy is in shambles and a US retrenchment in Asia threatens to make it archaic.

October, 2016

  • 30 October

    Afghanistan’s Coming Water Crisis

    Decades of conflict have left Afghanistan’s water infrastructure in a mess, and as refugees return to the country the prospect of water-related conflicts rises.

  • 30 October

    Hillary Clinton: A Hawk in the Wings

    After a mere eight years in which diplomacy narrowly edged out militarism, the foreign policy elite rallying around Clinton has forgotten the lessons of the George W. Bush era.

  • 28 October

    ‘Bandh’ Politics

    While military intervention may be the solution of last resort, martial law is really no solution. With Pakistan’s government taking measures indirectly helping opposition leader Imran Khan becoming successful bringing Islamabad to a total standstill, the economy will take a significant hit.

  • 25 October

    Total Cost of 2016 US Election May Reach $6.6b

    Presidential candidates spent over $1.13 billion, compared to $913 million at this point in 2012. House candidates spent $71 million less this year, and Senate candidates spent $137 million more than this point in 2012, although that number may increase when more Senate filings are processed by the FEC.

  • 16 October

    Maintaining Influence in Afghanistan

    Despite President Obama's promises of a drawdown in Afghanistan, the United States is settling in for the long haul.